, Fredericksburg mayoral candidate Fred Howe said he will suspend the site for the rest of the campaign.
He supplied the following prepared statement Thursday night:
"The FredHoweforMayor campaign face book (sic) page has become a focal point of undesired political tampering and we will not allow it to be used as a tool to divert attention from those issues we find to be most important affecting our citizens and we have therefore chosen to close it for the balance of the campaign.”
Howe's second opponents, Mary Katherine Greenlaw's Facebook page was attacked to by fake "likes" on the same day as Howe's. Her campaign Facebook page has not come back online yet.
The attacks came about two weeks after Howe and Greenlaw supporters accused Matt Paxson of having hundreds of foreign "likes" on his Facebook page and buying them to boost the appearance that he was the favorite. The criticism came the same week Paxson touted his Facebook page site at an Idlewild candidates' forum.
The election is May 1.